The United Nations hosted a mandated Conference of State Parties (COSP 16) to discuss the implementation of rights stipulated for persons with disabilities. Various themes were discussed during the sixteenth session of COSP 16, including: ensuring equal access to reproductive health services, digital accessibility, and reaching under-represented groups with disability. The UN Security General said in a statement that individuals with a disability are hit the hardest and often neglected in times of crisis. Qatari youth Ghanim al-Muftah also delivered a speech as a representative for persons with disabilities, stating that he is proud to represent Qatar in the international conference convened at the UN Headquarters as well as at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament. Ghanim al-Muftah was awarded the TAKREEM Foundation Young Entrepreneur award of 2017, for his founding of his successful Gharissa Ice Cream, a company that has 6 branches and hires 60 employees. Despite his disabilities, Ghanim lists swimming, scuba diving, football, hiking and skateboarding as his favorite sports. At school, Ghanim used to play football wearing shoes on his hands and would chase after the ball with his ‘normal-sized’ friends. Astonishingly, Ghanim has climbed Jebel Shams, the highest mountain peak in the entire Gulf region. Fearless, he has publicly voiced his intention to climb Mount Everest. With over 1 million followers on Instagram, Al-Muftah aims to study Political Science at university, with the goal of becoming a future Prime Minister of Qatar.
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